Tokyopop® Announces Interim Managing Director for Europe

Hamburg, GERMANY — Leading manga media company POP Media Holdings has announced that the Managing Director of its German entity TOKYOPOP GmbH, Dr. Joachim Kaps, is stepping down after twelve years in the role. Group chairman and founder Stu Levy replaces Kaps as interim Managing Director effective next month with a local German Transition Team in place until the new local manager is in place.

TOKYOPOP GmbH leads the German manga market, with a 33% market share in 2016 and hit titles such as DEATH NOTE, HIYOKOI and SWORD ART ONLINE. The company has grown 90% over the past five years and carries the torch of the legacy American manga pioneer.

“I would like to thank Joachim for his many years of dedicated service to TOKYOPOP. I am very proud of what our German team has accomplished -- 2017 is looking to be our biggest year ever in Germany,” said Levy. “I am looking forward to working with our talented team in Germany as we continue innovating and expanding our business in Europe with fantastic partners.”

TOKYOPOP GmbH launched its new graphic novel and children's comic line POPCOM in 2016 and will be releasing a series of its highly-successful line of Zelda books in time for this year's holiday season.


About POP Media Holdings
Founded in 1997 by filmmaker and entrepreneur Stu Levy, POP Media Holdings brings Asian Pop Culture to Hollywood and beyond. Its publishing company TOKYOPOP® established the market for manga in North America, introducing the term to the English language in the process. Over its history, POP has published thousands of books, distributed anime and Asian films on home video and television, licensed merchandise to consumer goods companies, created graphic novels of major brands and led the way digitally in social media, e-commerce and user-generated content, including the mobile publishing platform POP Comics®. POP expanded internationally with offices in Europe and Japan and a network of over 160 partners in more than 50 countries and 30 languages. Its production arm has produced live-action and animated film and television content based on its extensive intellectual property library, including Priest, America's Greatest Otaku, Van Von Hunter, and a slate of projects currently in development. Visit POP at www.TOKYOPOP.com, www.TOKYOPOP.de, www.POPcomics.com, and subscribe to TOKYOPOP TV for original web series and shows (www.youtube.com/tokyopoptv).

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